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Saturday, July 04, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, July 3, 2020:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* July 3, 2020
* NYNY2007.03


- Birds Mentioned

PURPLE GALLINULE+
SANDWICH TERN+
WHITE-FACED IBIS+
MISSISSIPPI KITE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

CASPIAN TERN
Roseate Tern
Royal Tern
BROWN PELICAN
LEAST BITTERN
Acadian Flycatcher
Blackpoll Warbler

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc44nybirdsorg

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compiler: Tom Burke
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are PURPLE GALLINULE, SANDWICH TERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, BROWN PELICAN, LEAST BITTERN, CASPIAN TERN and more.

The PURPLE GALLINULE found last week and, when deemed to be healthy, then released at Twin Lakes Preserve in East Wantagh, continued to frequent the southwestern section of the lower lake through Monday but has not been reported there since. If it had sought refuge in the very dense sections of the lake, however, it could easily escape detection there but still be around.

Two sightings of SANDWICH TERN this week involved an adult flying by the Breezy Point tip Sunday, followed by perhaps even the same bird visiting the Cupsogue County Park mud flats briefly on Monday morning.

Two reports of MISSISSIPPI KITE this week involved an adult over Charles Memorial Park in Queens from last Sunday, this in the Hamilton Beach section, and then on Thursday one near Oakland Lake in Alley Pond Park in Queens.

An adult WHITE-FACED IBIS, now molting its white facial feathering, was spotted twice this week at the Captree Island marsh on Tuesday and today, and another was reported Wednesday from the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area.

Two BROWN PELICANS flew by Cupsogue County Park Tuesday morning, and another was reported from lower New York Bay this morning.

A LEAST BITTERN was still visiting Big John’s Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge today, and up to three have been noted this week at the Arshamomaque Preserve in Greenport West on the North Fork.

A CASPIAN TERN visited Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn Sunday, four ROSEATE TERNS were at Breezy Point Wednesday, and ROYAL TERNS continue to arrive along the Atlantic shore.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was still singing in Prospect Park on Wednesday.

This is a good time to watch for floaters, generally birds not currently expected here but perhaps now on the move due to disrupted or failed breeding attempts; an example would be the BLACKPOLL WARBLER singing at Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers on Wednesday.

And while looking for out-of-place birds, watch for the Terek Sandpiper last seen on the flats at Napatree Point in Rhode Island last Tuesday.

To phone in reports call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922. This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

- End transcript

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